NASCAR Challenge Forecast

Fantasy NASCAR returns on Valentine’s Day, and is there a greater technique to spend essentially the most romantic of holidays than sitting in entrance of your tv watching the preeminent NASCAR race? We did not suppose so. And simply consider how joyful your beloved will likely be once you inform them you are in your technique to making a tidy sum of cash after the drivers you chose within the NASCAR Problem have taken the highest spots! And who is aware of, possibly that may result in a good greater reward later that night. That can assist you accomplish that, right here is our forecast for the preliminary fantasy NASCAR contest of the season. TM Menards login

(Be aware: Fantasy NASCAR contest covers three races – Daytona on Feb. 14, Fontana on Feb. 21 and Las Vegas on Feb. 28).

Driver 1
– Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart

Gordon has 33 Dash Cup wins to his title since 2000, however simply a kind of has come within the final two seasons. He does have six profession wins at varied Daytona Worldwide Speedway occasions, which is 5 greater than Johnson and three greater than Stewart. Johnson, the reigning four-time Dash Cup champion, completed 31st within the Daytona 500 final 12 months, which was his fifth-worst end of the season. Stewart completed eighth in that race and had the lead for 15 laps whereas Gordon had a third-place end and led 14 laps. As for Fontana (California), Gordon has three profession wins and two poles on the observe, Johnson has been within the winner’s circle 4 occasions with one pole, however Stewart has by no means gained a race or held a pole place there. Stewart hasn’t had higher luck in Las Vegas, both, developing clean on that racetrack as effectively. Nevertheless, Johnson has three profession victories on the observe, and Gordon has one.

Driver 2
– Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Mark Martin

Martin is on the pole for the Daytona 500, qualifying for that place with speeds over 191 miles per hour. He began second in final 12 months’s race solely to complete 16th, however Martin’s 2009 season was extremely profitable total, as he positioned second to Jimmie Johnson within the ultimate Dash Cup standings. Martin has by no means gained a race at Daytona, however he does have victories in Fontana and Las Vegas. Kyle Busch has gained a race at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, in addition to one at Fontana and two in Las Vegas, together with final season, in a race he additionally took the pole place in. Kurt Busch began second in that race however completed 23rd, and although he is by no means gained on the tracks in Daytona or Las Vegas, he does have a win in Fontana, a spot the place he additionally has began within the pole place a career-high thrice.

Driver 3
– Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne

Biffle had 16 top-10 finishes final season, and two of these got here within the season’s first three races, as he positioned fourth at Fontana and seventh in Las Vegas. For his profession, he has one victory on the Auto Membership Speedway in California, and one at Daytona. And although he is by no means gained in Vegas, he has taken the pole place there as soon as in his profession. Hamlin has not gained at any of those tracks in his profession, and his solely pole at any of the upcoming places was in Fontana. He completed sixth there within the race final season, however that was sandwiched between two finishes outdoors the top-20 in Daytona and Vegas. Kahne did not end within the top-10 at any of those occasions final season, however for his profession he has one win and one pole in Fontana, and two poles in Las Vegas.

Driver 4
– Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya

Edwards was on the pole for the Budweiser Shootout, and led 41 laps, however crashed and completed 17th, 10 locations behind the place he completed final season in the identical race. Edwards would not have any profession wins in Daytona, however he has one every at Fontana and Las Vegas. Kenseth has been rather more profitable at these tracks, with three wins on the Auto Membership Speedway, two in Las Vegas, and one in Daytona, which was final season when he discovered himself taking a victory lap in each the Daytona 500 and within the subsequent race at Fontana. He gained these races regardless of by no means having claimed the pole place at any of the three tracks. Montoya’s resume is shorter, in order you would possibly count on, he would not have the historical past of the others on this group, and has only one profession win. That mentioned, he did end eighth final season within the ultimate Dash Cup standings.

Driver 5
– Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman

The preferred racer within the sport, Earnhardt was a serious disappointment final season and didn’t win a race, however his Hendrick Motorsports crew took steps to try to right that for the 2010 season, and Junior has made that paid off, no less than within the quick time period, as he certified to start out within the No. 2 place within the entrance row for the Daytona 500. He did declare his first top-10 final season on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one in every of simply 5 such finishes for him on the 12 months. Bowyer began off effectively at these tracks final season, putting fourth within the Daytona 500 and second in Las Vegas, and 1 / 4 of his 16 top-10 finishes got here within the season’s first six races. Newman, alternatively, had a depressing begin to his 12 months, and completed no higher than 25th in any of the three races to start out the 12 months.

Driver 6
– Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Brian Vickers

Harvick has already gotten off to a stable begin this season, profitable the Budweiser Shootout after beginning within the second place. He gained the identical occasion in 2009, and went on to take second place within the Daytona 500. Younger Mr. Logano will likely be in simply his second Daytona 500, and it was a tough one for him final 12 months, as he wound up in 43rd place after beginning ninth. He progressively acquired higher, even within the subsequent two races, with a end of 26th in Fontana and 13th in Las Vegas. Vickers, whose six poles in 2009 was the second-most amongst Dash Cup drivers, improved on his 39th-place end at Daytona final 12 months within the subsequent two races as effectively, taking the pole and ending 10th in California, adopted by an eighth-place end in Vegas.

Driver 7
– Marcos Ambrose, David Reutimann, Martin Truex Jr.

Truex has gained 4 pole positions throughout his profession, and a kind of got here final season on the Daytona 500, although he promptly 11th, adopted by two finishes outdoors of the top-25 in Fontana and Las Vegas. Reutimann completed within the top-15 at every of those races final season, together with a fourth-place end on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one of many 5 occasions he was within the top-five. Ambrose did not have fairly the identical success final season at these tracks, ending contained in the top-20 solely as soon as regardless of beginning within the fifth place in Vegas.

Driver 8
– Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears

Earlier than the ultimate two races of the season during which he positioned second, Burton’s greatest end in 2009 was third place in Las Vegas, a observe the place the veteran has gained twice in his profession. McMurray completed ninth in that race, one in every of his 5 top-10 finishes for the season. He did begin within the third place in Fontana, which was his greatest beginning spot all 12 months. Mears is the one driver on this group who didn’t have a top-five to his title in 2009, and his 4 top-10 finishes have been the bottom as effectively.